Notes for All You Berners

What’s been happening

And here is some info from a caucus veteran:

Nevada Caucus Precinct Level Part 1
— by Margery Hansen  

My name is Margery Hanson and I would like to share my experience, from the 2008 Nevada Caucus with you, from the Precinct, these are the things you need to know, if you’ve never done this before.

The definition and explanation of a Caucus for the state of Nevada, makes the entire experience, seem a little too polite and almost boring. Let me assure you it is neither polite, nor boring.

For the purposes of sharing this information with you, I’m going to call this part 1 for the Precinct Caucus, part 2 for the County Convention and part 3 for the State Convention.  (video:

Since you’ve decided you want to caucus for Bernie, this is what you’re going to have to prepare for.

The Precinct Caucus is on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, the doors will open at 9:00 a.m. It’s not unusual for people to start lining up for the Caucus, as early as 6:00 a.m. You might want to go early and bring a folding chair to sit in, until the doors open, as well as something to eat, something to drink and a calculator, because you’re going to be there for a while.

If you don’t know your Precinct number, now is a good time to find out. Go to NVSOS.GOV and follow the instructions there.

The Precinct Caucus is hosted by your local County Democratic Central Committee. There will be people from the Committee to help direct you to your Precinct.

Only Democratic Party members may participate in the Democratic Caucus at any level. Saturday, February 20th, 2016 is the last day to register as a Democrat to participate in the Caucus process. Usually there are tables set up to register people from other political parties, should they want to participate in the Democratic Caucus.

Once you are inside your Precinct room, the doors will be closed. Tables will be designated for people to sit at, in order to support for their candidate, for President. I’m supporting Bernie Sanders so I’m going to sit at Bernie’s table.

Supporters at each Candidate’s table, will have to nominate someone to count the supporters at the table, in order to make sure their candidate is viable to go to the next level of the Caucus. Delegates shall be divided according to each group’s size.
The following word problem will apply to choosing Delegates:

The number of eligible attendees at a preferred candidates table X the number of Delegates to be chosen from that Precinct Caucus, divided by the total number of eligible Caucus attendees, will equal the number of delegate from that group.

Please make sure whomever you choose to work this formula is also good with math.

Fractions are UP at .5 and DOWN at less than .5 for Delegate apportionment.

Once the number of Delegates has been determined, people will be elected, selected or volunteer to be a Delegate for your County Caucus.

Once you have become a Delegate for the County level, you will be given a form in triplicate, that you must fill out. Once you have filled out this form, you will be given one of the slips from this form, to prove that you’re a Delegate for the County Caucus. DO NOT LOSE THIS FORM

Remember to check the State Democratic Party website often, for the date of the County Caucus at NVDEMS.COM

Here is where it gets interesting. My fellow Bernie supporters, you must find people in your Precinct, to get as many voter registration forms, from your County Clerk’s office as possible. Then make sure they are available at the Precinct Caucus, so that everyone who wants to Caucus for Bernie Sanders, will be able to register as a Democrat, and support him. Since so many people, in other political parties want to vote for Bernie Sanders, it would not surprise me one bit, to see the Precincts run out of voter registration forms, to keep Bernie Sanders from becoming our Nominee.

The reason I tell you to go to NVDEMS.COM to check on when the County Caucus will be and where it will be held, is because during my time as a Delegate, I was told that since I’d already signed my triplicate form, that my preference for a Candidate had already been recorded, there was no need for me to show up for the County Caucus, by my very own Democratic Central Committee.

YOU MUST SHOW UP FOR THE COUNTY CAUCUS, in order to show your support for Bernie Sanders as a Delegate.
Thank you for your time. Part 2 will be coming your way a week after the Precinct Caucus. Remember to get as many people together, to get as many voter registration forms as possible, to have them handy for the Precinct Caucus. Please share this video with other Bernie Sanders supporters, so they’ll know what to expect too. Share the Bern!

— Bill Nuttle, Volunteering to elect Bernie Sanders

“In the coming month, we need you to reach out to your friends and your neighbors and your family members. Drag them into the caucus. Let’s win this caucus and let’s go forward in making 2016 a year that people for hundreds of years from now will remember as the year we transformed America.”  — Bernie Sanders


2016 Nevada State Democratic Party Precinct Caucuses

WHEN:  Saturday February 20, 2016

TIME:  11 a.m. PST 

What are the Nevada Caucuses?
The Nevada Caucuses are gatherings of neighbors, organized by the Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP), where Democrats join others in their precincts to begin the process of  registering preferences for Democratic candidates running for President. With our First-in-the-West status, Nevadans will be the third state to share our recommendations on the Democratic Presidential nominee to the rest of the country. The Precinct Caucuses are also the organizational foundation of the NSDP.

Who can participate in the caucus?
Any person who is eligible to vote in the state of Nevada and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 8, 2016, may participate. You must reside in the precinct in which they wish to participate, and must be registered as a Democrat — you may register or change party affiliation on caucus day.

Where are the caucuses held?
Generally your caucus site will be close to home, neighborhood meeting points such as schools, community centers, churches are used as caucus locations. The exact location for each precinct will be announced in the winter.

How do the Democratic Caucuses work?
Eligible caucus goers divide to form Presidential preference groups. If a preference group for a candidate does not have enough people to be considered “viable,” a threshold set at the beginning of the day, eligible attendees will have an opportunity to join another preference group or acquire people into their group to become viable. Delegates are then awarded to the preference groups based on their size. Caucus day will also feature the opportunity for anyone interested in being on the county central committee to sign up as well as the submission of resolutions for the county platform.

At the end of the day, who is determined as the “Winner” of the Nevada Caucuses?
On caucus day, Nevadans in each precinct elect delegates to their respective county conventions, but the winner of the caucuses will be the candidate who accrues the most delegates.

Any caucus participant may stand for election as a delegate to the county convention.   Anyone who wants to be elected a national delegate must participate in the precinct caucuses, and each subsequent event –county convention on April 2, 2016, and the state convention on May 14 and 15, 2016.

How are results reported?
Results from each of the precincts will be reported to the Nevada State Democratic Party by precinct chairs.

Can press attend?
Yes—all caucus locations are open to the public and press.

Link to the Delegate Selection Plan